Recently the Singapore Government released a series of proposed legislation for public consultation. Two key ones are the Cybersecurity Bill and amendments to Personal Data Protection Act. (2012)
The proposed Cybersecurity Bill aims to establish a framework for the oversight of national cybersecurity in Singapore, and will empower the agency Cyber Security Agency (CSA) to carry out its functions. The public consultation paper and the draft Bill were released together to the public recently.
Amendments to the Personal Data Protection Act (2010) are afoot to the proposed Notification of Purpose and Legal or Business Purpose approaches as parallel bases for collecting, using and disclosing personal data, and the proposed mandatory data breach notification regime. These changes are necessary in the evolving digital economy that Singapore is embracing.
Further details can be found in CSA and Personal Data Protection Commission websites respectively. We will continue to track these changes and any question relating to them can be directed to our firm.